Observing the children who participate in my classes each week, I definitely see lots of patterns emerge about what kids do and don’t like to eat. These patterns fit in so nicely with the current literature, studies and the tools I demonstrate. I do find that MEAT is either a “Love it” or “Leave it” for most kids. Meat is a textural minefield and many of the problems result from how it is prepared. I obviously don’t cover meat in my classes – I only do fruits and vegetables – however, the routines we learn in class for the fruits and vegetables are directly transferable to your kitchen & table.
I do see children that have had allergies or currently have allergies. A common allergy is egg. Did you know that you can substitute egg with chia seeds? (Well yes, if you have seen my post last week for princess cakes, you would already know this. The princess cakes are egg & gluten free and are a yummy toddler approved morning tea.)
For those playing at home with the materials I have given you in class and are trying to assist your child overcome a food jag, this is a recipe that you can use if you are transitioning to whole pieces of meat from processed meat (eg. wanting your kids to have chicken breast as opposed to processed chicken nuggets). It’s also perfect for families that have to consider an egg allergy. Families should aim to have the one meal and this is a great recipe that will satisfy everyone. Use the best chicken mince that you can & the texture of the balls will be between that of the chicken nugget & a chicken breast. You can spice it up as you please (however, remember radically changing the taste profile for food jaggers is the final step in the transition.)
- Soak 2tsp of chia seeds in 4tsp of water for at least 10mins until gluggy.
- In the meantime, sautee 1 clove of finely chopped garlic & a rasher of finely chopped bacon.
- Then once cooked & in a separate bowl, combine the bacon mix, 1/2 cup multigrain breadcrumbs, 2tbsp tomato paste, 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce, chia mix and 350g chicken mince.
- Roll into balls & cook in the pan
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If you have any questions about this recipe, food jagging or just love chicken meatballs – leave me a comment below!